West End Cinema
2301 M Street NW,
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Previous Names: Circle West End 5-7, Inner Circle Theatre
News About This Theater
The Circle West End 5-7 opened on April 12, 1985 with three auditoriums and “Blood Simple”, “Carmen” and “A Sunday in the Country”. The Circle circuit already operated the Circle West End 1-4. Loews Cineplex took over when they purchased the Circle chain in late-1987. Loews Cineplex remodeled it and renamed it the Inner Circle Theatre in memory of the late movie theatre of that name on Pennsylvania Avenue. It was still a triplex. It was closed in late-2003 or early-2004.
Renamed West End Cinema, it reopened as an art house on October 29, 2010 with “Howl”, Budrus" and “Gerrymandering”. Auditoriums seat 100, 95 and 63. It was mothballed during the time it was closed, with projector systems, platters, sound systems, screens, seats and concessions remaining in place. It was closed by Loews Cineplex on March 31, 2015 due to increased competition by movie chains. It was reopened by Landmark July 17, 2015. It was closed on March 16, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Sadly, the closure has proved to be permanent.
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